Three rescued after barge sinks in Lake St. Clair

(DETROIT) — Three people were rescued after a barge took on water and partially sank this week in Lake St. Clair, located northeast of Detroit.

The Macomb Daily News reported a 25-foot vessel was pushing 50-foot steel barge to a seawall repair project in Chesterfield Township, Mich., when it sank at about 1715 on Tuesday.

The paper reported water began flooding into the barge’s hatches after the vessel encountered rough water while pushing upwind. The barge listed due to the flooding then partially sank.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol rescued the three passengers, who were not identified. It was not immediately clear if the passengers were riding on the barge.

To read the newspaper’s story, click here.

By Professional Mariner Staff